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Posted on 10-26-2016

Our Veterinarian in D’Iberville Explains 7 Things You Can Do to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet

The most basic measure you can take is to not feed your pets Halloween candy.  Especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum).

Our Veterinarian in D’Iberville Explains 7 Things You Can Do to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet

Some other helpful tips include:

1. Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) and contact information is up to date in case s/he escapes through the open door while you're distracted with trick-or-treaters.

2. Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets; They can accidentally burn themselves or knock it over and cause a fire.

3. If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn't have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn't interfere with your pet's sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume; Remember just because you like it and think that they look absolutely adorable (and they may) doesn't mean that your pet will like it.

4. Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely.

5. If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place.

6. Keep your pet inside. Surprisingly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless.

7.Keep your cats indoors especially black cats. Black cats are at high risk during the month of October from pranksters and cruelty related incidents. Many shelters choose not to adopt black cats during the month of October for this reason.

We here at Happy Tails Animal Hospital Wish You A Safe and Happy Halloween!!!

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